Donatella Versace, the vice-president and chief designer of the Versace Group, is moonlighting in the hospitality trade.
The flamboyant designer is one of the brains behind the five-star Palazzo Versace Dubai, dubbed “the most luxurious hotel in the Middle East.” The 215-room hotel — Versace’s second following Palazzo Versace Gold Coast — is designed to be reminiscent of a 16th-century Italian palace.
It comes with eight restaurants and bars, including an Italian seafood restaurant, a shisha lounge, and Q’s Bar, a lounge and supper club created by music producer Quincy Jones, will open in September.
Other highlights include a full-service spa, three outdoor pools, reflection ponds and gardens.
According to the Daily Mail every piece of furniture and fabric in its rooms, suites, and even its 169 private residences was designed and made by House of Versace exclusively for the hotel.
Rooms start at approximately $550 per night, and although the hotel was first launched last year, it’s currently in its soft-launch period and isn’t set to be unveiled officially until the end of this year.
But Versace isn’t the only high-fashion Italian design house branching out into the hospitality trade, Fendi recently opened its own branded hotel in Rome.